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Council to change
Brothers lead dance production
GAWLER Council will seek
to improve its complaint-
handling procedures after
a State Ombudsman in-
vestigation condemned the
way it handled a resident's
grievance earlier this year.
The council was expected to
discuss the matter at its meet-
ing last night, which was held
after The Bunyip's print dead-
As reported last month,
Ombudsman Richard Bing-
ham found the council "failed
to address the complainant's
concerns" about a storm
water pond in Springfield Wa-
"I consider that, had the
council staff adequately re-
sponded to the complainant's
concerns in an honest, open
and timely manner, the escala-
tion of the matter would have
been avoided," Mr Bingham's
The inquiry also determined
the council failed to appropri-
ately manage the pond.
Evanston Gardens resident
Diane Holland lodged a com-
plaint with the Ombudsman
in May this year, alleging the
pond was unhygienic, stagnant
and "smells putrid".
Mr Bingham requested
council contact the Environ-
ment Protection Authority to
seek its advice about any fur-
ther action it may need to take
in relation to the pond; carry
out further tests on the pond
water and sediment and con-
tinue to monitor the pond.
The council had until Oc-
tober 25 to respond to the
findings and the recommenda-
In reply, Gawler Council's
chief executive Henry Inat has
written to Mr Bingham to in-
form him of the steps council
has taken to rectify the issues.
"Since receipt of your final
report, council officers have
been in regular contact with
the EPA officer on this matter
and, based on advice received,
will...test the pond water quar-
terly (as recommended by the
EPA officer), and the sediment
only once (also as advised by
the EPA officer)," he wrote.
"Council is seeking detailed
testing specification for a con-
tractor or for the EPA to un-
dertake the testing for council.
"As the pond is tested coun-
cil will, in discussion with the
EPA, address any factors need-
The letter also states fur-
ther measures the council may
undertake in relation to the
"Council is investigating re-
storing the hydraulic capacity
of the channel in this section
that maintains local amenity,"
"This investigation will in-
clude consultation with the lo-
Furthermore, a council re-
port shows administration are
"reviewing the consequences
of this matter and is seeking
to improve its complaint-han-
dling practices and procedures
to ensure ongoing continu-
ous improvement in customer
-- Elizabeth Henson
WHEN dance teacher Jodie Lind
decided on Fairy Tales of the
Brothers Grimm for her next end-
of-year production, she knew she
needed to source a good pair of
Real-life brothers Evan and Drew
Wolfendale fit the role perfectly.
"When casting you've always got in
mind who will work well together,"
Mrs Lind said.
Evan, 17, will play the role of
Jacob, while Drew, 22, has returned
to Gawler Academy of Dance espe-
cially for the chance to play Wilhelm
in this weekend's annual concert.
This will be the first time in six
years the boys have performed to-
gether in the same production.
"Jodie said 'we are doing Brothers
Grimm and since you are brothers
you should do it'," Evan said.
"So I said 'okay'."
The Brothers Grimm will be joined
by 230 Gawler Academy of Dance
students on stage this weekend.
They are not the only siblings cast
into the production, which features
nine different dance styles, and more
than seven different classic Brother
Nine-year-old twins Sam and Jor-
dan Hissey are excited to be playing
Hansel and Gretel.
While Jordan loves ballet, Sam usu-
ally learns jazz and has taken up the
style specifically for his role.
Their older sister, Indiana Hissey,
11, will also be performing in the
"I'm not a main character but I'm
in dances for all of the subjects," In-
"I'm in Snow White and Rose Red
and then I'm a handmaiden, and I'm
in a Rumpelstiltskin tap dance and a
village people lantern dance for na-
Other talented students in the per-
formance include hip-hop dancer Jake
Kempster, 16, as The Shoemaker, and
10-year-old ballet and jazz dancer
Larisa Magda as Snow White.
Mrs Lind said she is looking for-
ward to the show, which students
have been practising for all year.
"We had a huge rehearsal on Sat-
urday and it went really smoothly,"
The production will be shown this
Saturday afternoon and night, at the
Brenton Langbein Theatre, in Ta-
Performing Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm on Saturday are Gawler Dance Academy students (front, from left) Jake
Kempster, Larisa Magda, siblings Jordan, Indiana and Sam Hissey, and (back) brothers Evan and Drew Wolfendale.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
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